Russia has launched nuclear-powered icebreaker named Ural as part of an ambitious Project 22220Icebreaker Project to improve its ability to tap Arctic’s commercial potential. It will enter into service in 2022 after Arktika and Sibir enter into service.
It is nuclear-powered ship built for breaking waters covered with ice. It primarily helps ships to navigate in the frozen waterways in winters especially in Arctic region. It is much more powerful than their diesel-powered icebreakers. Russia is only country constructing nuclear-powered icebreakers.
Under it, Russia is building three nuclear-powered icebreakers. These icebreakers are meant to be largest and most powerful icebreakers in the world. They are being built as part of Russia’s sole purpose of renewing and expanding its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap Arctic’s commercial potential, what it calls the Northern Sea Route (NSR) to make it navigable throughout year.